Best Garden Centers in CT

Best Garden Centers in CT

by Pamela Mahler

Being named the best garden center in Connecticut goes beyond just having an abundant and robust collection of plants and flowers – although that is certainly a plus. Locals voted and named the best CT plant nurseries, all owned and operated by serious gardening professionals and experts. You can expect thoughtful customer service whether you need help with plant, flower, and soil choices, options for landscaping assistance, or suggestions to brighten up your backyard when you stop into one of your favorite local plant stores.

  • Dutch nurseries

    For more than 50 years, Hollandia Nurseries of Fairfield County has been a true floral oasis. More than 1 million annual plants and 200,000 perennial plants are grown in this expansive 20-acre flower nursery each year, making it one of the largest growers in the region. The staff at this CT garden center describe themselves as “soil veterans,” making Hollandia one of the top destinations for anyone curious to learn more about maintaining a lush, healthy home garden. This retail garden store carries outdoor furniture, Weber grills, decorative birdhouses and more to complete your landscaping vision.

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  • Shakespeare Garden

    Better than the final

    Shakespeare Garden is a floral oasis unlike other nurseries you may have visited. This CT garden center sits on ten acres on 100 acres of city-owned land with an abundance of walking trails. Clear your mind on the ground before shopping for our wide selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. The Barn Shop is filled with the perfect accents for your garden flowers – think figurines, vases and other small garden sculptures – and offers Christmas magical seasonal decor for the garden. For those interested in professional gardening or landscaping services, Shakespeare Garden offers these services as well.

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  • Van Wilgen Garden Centre

    Best winner

    For those looking for an abundant tree nursery in Connecticut, look no further than Van Wilgen Garden Center. This family-owned and operated garden center in New Haven County has a selection of up to 75 specimen trees at any given time, as well as many fruit trees for sale. At this flower and plant nursery, you can also shop for tropical flowers, houseplants, and rose bushes that even novice gardeners can grow successfully. The garden store has “every gardening item you need,” stocking pots, planters, outdoor decor and almost every gardening tool under the sun.

    Get directions (5 locations)

    • Old Saybrook – Garden Mart1654 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
    • North Branford – Garden Center51 Valley Road, North Branford, CT 06471
    • Milford – Garden Mart320 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT 06460
    • Guilford – Garden Mart1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437
    • Clinton – Garden Center58 W Main Street, Clinton, CT 06413

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